Much has been made over the past week about the recent bill passed in Arizona that would allow businesses to refuse to serve homosexual couples on religious grounds -- along with similar anti-gay legislation efforts in Kansas, Idaho, Ohio, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
Critics say this harkens back to the Jim Crow racial segregation days in the South. Proponents argue it's a matter of defending traditions and religious freedom.
Wherever you stand on that issue, you must agree that what's going on right now in the left-wing haven of Hendersonville, Vermont, is in no way acceptable to any reasonable-minded person.
I'm quite sure you've heard of Vermont, bastion of liberalism, where they've recently paved the way for a single-payer health care system as if they believe general welfare is somehow called for in the U.S. Constitution. (It should be noted that the real reason they're doing it because it will be less expensive per person in Vermont, as if that should be a determining factor. It always comes down to money, doesn't it?)
But you may not be as familiar with Hendersonville. A community of about 18,000 located 25 miles southeast of Burlington, Hendersonville until today was probably best known as the birthplace of the cuckoo clock and where they filmed "The Curse of the Cat People." It's also famous for its annual Pretzel Festival.
They also are extremely liberal, even by Vermont standards. It is the only city in the entire United States with a population above 10,000 people where the majority of the population is gay. (2009 U.S. Census) And I don't mean like The Flintstones' "we'll have a gay ol' time" kind of gay. I mean guys with stylish shoes and women with comfortable ones kind of gay.
I don't have a problem with that. But, in an obvious response to those aforementioned legislative efforts, the left-wing Hendersonville City Council has now passed a measure allowing businesses to refuse service to straight, heterosexual couples on religious grounds. Not only that, but public displays of affection between consenting straight adults,
including married couples, can result in a fine. Meanwhile, gay couples are entitled to go about their business in public with no repercussions whatsoever.
What religious grounds would allow them to discriminate against two decent folks who obviously love each other and are minding their own traditional business? I'm glad you asked.
Not only are most of the residents gay in Hendersonville, but it shouldn't surprise you that most also are agnostic or atheist. Just as I don't care whether or not they are gay, I don't care whether Hendersonvillians are religious or not. But the Hendersonville School System has taken this a step further. They've brought prayer back to public schools, but it's not the way it should be. They are having kids pray to dead scientists they have deified -- including Charles Darwin. They claim our founding fathers were proponents of science and advanced thinking and would therefore support this fusion of church and state.
And don't even get me started on how they make the kids say a pledge of allegiance to a rainbow flag every morning.
It's absolutely sick that they are imposing their own traditions on the townspeople. Their majority power is not carte blanche to trample the minority's freedom to pursue happiness.
UPDATE: This just in. An alien spacecraft has just vaporized the town of Hendersonville, and it no longer exists. But consider what they tried to do as a warning to all of us straight people: Once we get outnumbered, our freedoms just might get trampled by their traditions. When there's an attack on freedom, let's be sure to defend it.
"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it." -- Abraham Lincoln
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